Hawaiian Airlines will begin three-times-weekly non-stop service between Honolulu and Brisbane on Tuesday, November 27.
According to Hawaiian Airlines, the new service will mean it becoming the only U.S. carrier to operate service to Brisbane.
Adding Brisbane service will increase Hawaiian Airlines’ weekly flights between Honolulu and Australia to 10, since the carrier already operates daily service to Australia’s largest city, Sydney.
Hawaiian will operate its Brisbane flights with Boeing 767-300ER widebodies, each seating 262 passengers in a two-class cabin – 18 in Business Class and 244 in Economy Class.
Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, said Brisbane would serve not only as the airline’s second gateway to Australia but also as an important new source of tourism to Hawai’i.
“Australians love Hawai’i as a holiday destination, and visitor numbers have grown steadily since Hawaiian inaugurated service on the Sydney-Honolulu route in 2004,” said Dunkerley. “That service reawakened Australian awareness and interest in Hawai’i, which had been under-served for over a decade.”
Dunkerley added: “Competitors followed us and now, eight years later, Hawai’i is one of the most popular and fastest growing international holiday destinations for travelers from Australia. The Brisbane gateway will provide much easier access to Hawai’i for residents of the State of Queensland, and more convenient connections for travelers from a number of other Australian states.”
The airline’s new Brisbane service will add more than 40,000 seats annually between Australia and Hawai’i, and increase Hawaiian Airlines’ total seat inventory from Australia by 38 per cent.
“Hawai’i continues to be a popular destination in Australia, with arrivals for first quarter 2012 increasing 55 per cent over last year,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA). “We anticipate this flight to contribute to this continual growth and expansion, and wish Hawaiian success on this new route.”
The HTA estimates that Hawaiian’s Brisbane-Honolulu service will generate $83 million in visitor expenditures and $9 million in tax revenue annually for Hawai’i.
Centrally located on Australia’s east coast, Brisbane is the capital city of the State of Queensland, home of the Great Barrier Reef, UNESCO world heritage-listed rainforests, outback locations and the leisure regions of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Brisbane also is a key hub for onward travel throughout Australia, and Hawaiian’s new flights will be timed to connect with same-day services throughout Queensland and to other states, through an interline partnership with domestic carrier Virgin Australia.
Ticket sales for the new service will commence at a later date to be announced.
Hawaiian Airlines’ schedule for the service calls for flight HA443 to depart Honolulu International Airport (HNL) at 10:20 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline and land at Brisbane Airport (BNE) at 4:00 p.m. the following day, in time for onward connections to destinations throughout Australia. Journey time is approximately nine hours.
The return service, flight HA444, will leave BNE at 6:35 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline and arrive in Honolulu at 8:05 a.m. the same day, allowing passengers to connect with onward Hawaiian Airlines flights to Maui, Kaua’i and Hawai’i Island.